A Scottish mom says her baby girl, born 13 weeks earlier, was so small that even doll clothes didn’t fit her.
Lacey Murray was born weighing just 1lb 1oz on July 14 after mum Channae Kirkwood, 23, went into labor when she was only 28 weeks pregnant.
Channae, 23, says her precious baby girl was so small that doctors had to wrap her in bubble wrap to keep her warm and she struggled to find clothes to fit her.
Speaking to Daily check-in, Channae said: “She was so, so small. We couldn’t even hold it for the first three days. I was even afraid to touch her in case I hurt her. They must have used bubble wrap to keep her warm.
“She was so small that I couldn’t find any clothes that fit her well. All of the premature baby’s clothes were too big. She had dolls and I even tried to undress them for her, but even they were too big.
Channae, from Kilmarnock, discovered she was pregnant by accident after visiting Crosshouse Hospital with stomach pain.
She said, “I was suddenly in chronic pain, so I went to the first nurse and had to give a urine sample while I was waiting to be seen by the doctor.
“My stomach was very painful, so the nurse gave me pain relievers and said, ‘Are you okay with taking them since you are pregnant? I was stunned. I said, “What am I? “
Despite the initial shock, Channae and her partner Jamie Murray, 28, were overjoyed and the couple spent a stress-free few months getting ready for their baby girl.
However, in June of this year, when Channae was only 24 weeks pregnant, she suffered a severe hemorrhage and was rushed to Crosshouse Hospital, but was transferred to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Glasgow and kept on a drip for a week.
In the weeks that followed, the young mother said that she had “entered and left the hospital” and finally had to give up her job as a caregiver.
On July 9, Channae started to vomit and was unable to keep food. So she returned to the hospital for an assessment where doctors found her waters had ruptured.
The 23-year-old was held in the Ayrshire Maternity Unit where she was closely watched.
However, the terrified young mother feared that history would repeat itself after suffering an earlier tragedy when her son Caleb was stillborn at 19 weeks old when she was just 16 years old.
She said: “It was like all the same things were happening except with Caleb it started when I was 19 weeks old.
“The doctors said he wouldn’t survive and offered me a pill that would stop his heart, but when they scanned him I could seem to move.
“He was doing somersaults and I decided to let nature decide and I went to work with him for five days until he was finally born asleep. It was devastating.
“With Lacey I was a bit further along so I think that helped her a lot. I just hoped and prayed that the same thing wouldn’t happen again. I was terrified.”
Lacey was born on July 14 and was immediately taken to the neonatal intensive care unit where doctors told her worried parents the toddler was unlikely to survive.
However, proving her resolve, just four weeks later, Lacey was feeding, gaining weight, losing oxygen and breathing on her own.
Nine weeks later, Channae and Jamie were elated when they were finally allowed to take Lacey home to their New Farm home on October 8 – five days after what should have been her due date.
Lacey is now 15 weeks old, weighs 5 pounds 8 ounces and is thriving.
Mom Channae says, “She’s amazing. We thought we were going to lose another baby, but she fought so hard. She is doing well and growing all the time.
“She’s still absolutely tiny, but at least I can buy Tiny Baby clothes that almost fit her now.”
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